Combining existing apps to universal

Discussion in 'iOS Programming' started by Daremo, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. Daremo macrumors 68000

    Daremo

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    Hey guys, I need help before I go and screw something up, and I can't seem to word this correctly in a search, google or here to find out how this works...

    I have 2 existing apps in the app store. Both are essentially the same thing, only one if for the iPhone, and one for the iPad. I have updated the app, and it's now universal, and I want to replace BOTH existing apps so the update is for the universal app.

    Can I do this, and if so, do I just simply upload the same universal app for both existing apps separately, and Apple sorts that out?

    I hope this makes sense. It's been a long day of fixing a code signing error, and FINALLY I'm ready to upload, and this has come up in my head.

    Any thoughts, opinions or experience with this?
     
  2. thedollarhunter macrumors member

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    I did just that and it worked fine.

    Make sure you set the family to iPhone/iPad in your info.plist

    You can check it after the upload under the Binary Details button in iTunes Connect.

    It will also prompt you for screenshots at both sizes with Missing Screenshots if you don't upload them for both iPhone and iPad.

    MJ
     
  3. dejo Moderator

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    How did you do this? Since each app would has its own, unique bundle-identifier, and iTunes Connect keys off of that.
     
  4. thedollarhunter macrumors member

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    I was still left with 2 apps.

    I replaced a device specific app with a universal one. So the iPhone version became universal. But I still kept both apps (and thier IDs) so the iPad only version is still 'App HD'

    Maybe some kind of ID forwarding but beyond me :confused: sorry!
     
  5. Daremo thread starter macrumors 68000

    Daremo

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    Thank you for the info, but I'm slightly confused.

    So, this doesn't make both apps universal as one app? It will still have two separate apps in the app store, only basically the exact same app, but with different titles?
     
  6. thedollarhunter macrumors member

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    I wanted to keep both existing apps live so the people who already downloaded the early versions would continue to get updates, including the update that changed one of them to be universal.

    Also the remaining iPad only version can have extra content for the bigger screen.

    Having just one app is good for pooling all downloads for chart ratings but that isn't something I have to worry about.

    Having a few apps for me is more interesting as you can try different ways of marketing them and experiment with pricing/free to see what gets noticed.

    Good luck with whatever you decide to go with.

    MJ
     

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